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Adrian Gonzalo Sanchez, laureate of a doctoral fellowship as part of the Marie Curie Actions

A. Gonzalo Sanchez has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the framework of a European project involving the JRU Institute Jean-Pierre Bourgin.

Adrian Gonzalo Sanchez,  JRU Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin (Inra, AgroParisTech), INRA Versailles-Grignon
ITN Post-doctoral grant  (COMREC, FP7 Marie Curie )
2014-2017. © INRA, Inra, Corine Enard
Updated on 08/10/2015
Published on 12/11/2014

In September 2014, Adrian Gonzalo Sanchez joined INRA Versailles-Grignon to achieve his doctoral thesis in the framework of a European project of initial training (ComRec, FP7 People Marie Curie). Adrian will work in the team of Eric Jenczewski within the pole "Dynamics and genome expression" of the Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin (INRA and AgroParisTech).


Improving crops to feed the world

In a complex climatic, demographic and energy context, to deliver improvement and sustainability in crop production it will be necessary to harness a broad spectrum of approaches. Crop improvement will be crucial and a major part in the delivery of this will be based on classical breeding. This harnesses the genetic variation that is generated by homologous recombination during meiosis.

During his thesis “Understanding factors affecting CO variation in oilseed rape (Brassica napus)” Adrian will seek to better understand the mechanisms which increased recombination frequency in triploid hybrids produced from oilseed rape - remember that rape is a natural hybrid between two species of Brassicaceae, B. napa and B. rapa. The reason why the existence of two parental genomes in the cellular nucleus stimulates genetic recombination is indeed very mysterious. He will also study the role of different pathways controlling the formation of recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana in oilseed rape (B. napus), using non-GM mutants.

His internship will end in August 2017.


The COMREC network

The COMREC network (Control of Meiotic Recombination: Arabidopsis to Crops) consists of 12 participants, research institutes and universities, including INRA.

Over the past 15 years, studies in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, many of which were conducted in laboratories in the COMREC consortium, have provided both insights into the control of meiosis in plants and generated the tools to analyze this process in crop species.

Today, the COMREC network offers a new generation of young scientists like Adrian and 12 other laureates of this project, the opportunity to gain the expertise to understand and develop strategies to modify recombination in crops. Moreover, COMREC aims to form a network of scientific European leaders, with an interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise that will help to shape future research on meiosis and plant breeding.

On the subject of

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